It’s mostly cloudy at the moment. Can’t find the Moon. 46F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI40, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Showers are sneaking into the forecast, but not until the end of this coming week.
Yesterday I fought my way through paperwork from about 8am to 3pm. I was working out what we need to apply for one of the disaster loans. I think we’re going to stop working on it. I don’t have the time and energy to wade through more of this. I got a nap and when I got up Tempus and I had coffee, then got to work at the shop. He watered outside. I was was putting away more stuff.
I took a class on the Black Plague and then got caught up in a bardic. … and then realized that I’d better get to work. I made up a hanger bag for the trash bags, so we can get rid of the box. The first part was easy, because it was on the machine, but the rest was handsewing. I got the bottom finished, without elastic. <grumble, grumble> It’s all buried…what’s left of the supply, anyway. I had to hand-sew the top and it turned out that the small hanger is still too large, so Tempus is going to have to make that smaller today. I don’t have the hand strength for the wire. My back freaked out 1/2-way through the hand-sewing, so I had to go sit in my desk chair to sort that out.
I didn’t get back to it. I started in on pie dough after Tempus headed out, doing the work/sit/work/sit thing for quite awhile. I had gotten up to head for the bathroom and as I was coming out there was a huge clattering smashing sound from over by the freezer. The glass laundry soap dispenser, which wasn’t in the bucket where it should have been, had hit the deck and smashed itself all over the rug and walkway. I sorta cleaned it up, getting the glass that I could see and then putting a towel down over the soapy spot. That’ll have to do until Tempus gets some time to go over it today.
I took a bit to sit down and work on the newsletter, then went back to pies. By 10:30 I had 2 peach, one strawberry and 4 cherry, and one more peach that exploded…. Of course, I had to eat that one. 🙂 I talked to Tempus for a little on the phone. He was done with the bulk route and working on the car, cleaning batteries terminals, since he had light where he was. He had done some shopping in the middle of the bulk route, so he had some treats for himself and he was going to nap as soon as he was done and start the other route 2-ish.
I have more pies to work on today, and pie crusts. I need to make the apple/nut/pork/beef filling today and make up a couple of batches of those. I want to get some more sewing done and to work on plants again, since I have pots, potting soil and far too many starts.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/9 at 7:35am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/22 at 7:26pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/14 at 4:47pm.
Algol and its constellation Perseus, off to the right of Venus, are sinking ever lower in the northwest after dark as the season advances. For skywatchers in western North America, Algol goes through one of its eclipses this evening. It should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 9:14 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
The asteroid 3 Juno, just past opposition and visible in a small telescope at magnitude 9.5, is passing a mere ½° southwest of the 3rd-magnitude star Delta Virginis. You’ve got about two hours of dark sky this evening between the end of twilight and moonrise. Use the finder chart in the April Sky & Telescope, page 50. (The position ticks every three days there are for 0:00 UT on the dates indicated, which in North America falls on the evening of the previous date.) The chart follows Juno on through the rest of the month as it fades to magnitude 10.
Observers up for a challenge can try spotting Saturn’s brightest moon, Titan, in the early-morning hours before sunrise. The now-waning Moon is still bright but far enough away that it shouldn’t significantly hinder your search. Seek out 8th-magnitude Titan about 1.5′ northwest of Saturn, roughly two ring-widths from the center of the planet’s disk. Several fainter moons float closer to the ringed planet, but they’re likely too faint to make out, especially as the Sun begins to brighten the sky.
Mercury reaches magnitude –0.2, but it’s dropping ever closer to the horizon by twilight. It stands just under 7° high at sunrise this morning.
Venus (magnitude –4.6, in Taurus near the Pleiades) is the dazzling white “Evening Star” high in the west during and after dusk. Venus doesn’t set in the west-northwest until a good 2½ hours after complete dark. On April 3rd Venus shines in the edge of the Pleiades, then on subsequent evenings it blazes above the cluster. Their separation widens by about 1° per day. In a telescope, Venus is slightly less than half lit and 27 arcseconds in diameter. It will continue to enlarge in size and wane in phase to become a dramatically thin crescent in late May.
Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55 Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 10 High 2:29 AM 8.9 6:40 AM Set 8:31 AM 95
~ 10 Low 9:12 AM -1.2 7:55 PM Rise 11:35 PM
~ 10 High 3:29 PM 7.4
~ 10 Low 9:12 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain.” — Susan B. Anthony
~ Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. – Doug Ivester
~ Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. – Steve Jobs
~ Try and fail, but don’t fail to try – Stephen Kaggawa
~ All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
The month of April, the upland is misty,
the oxen are weary, the earth is bare,
feeble is the stag, playful the long-eared,
usual is a guest though he be not invited;
everyone has many faults where he is not loved;
blessed is he that is faithful. – From a book of days
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.
Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower stems. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.
May Garland – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenergy and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.
Silliness – A Pirate’s Tale
A pirate was talking to a “land-lubber” in a bar. The land-lubber noticed that, like any self-respecting pirate, this guy had a peg leg, a hook in place of one of his hands and a patch over one eye. The land-lubber just had to find out how the pirate got in such bad shape. He asked the pirate,
“How did you lose your leg?” The pirate responded,
“I lost me leg in a battle off the coast of Jamaica!” His new acquaintance was still curious so he asked,
“What about you hand. Did you lose it at the same time?”
“No,” answered the pirate. “I lost it to the sharks off the Florida Keys.” Finally, the land-lubber asked,
“I notice you also have an eye patch. How did you lose your eye? The pirate answered,
“I was sleeping on a beach when a seagull flew over and pooped right in me eye.” The land-lubber asked,
“How could a little something like that make you lose your eye?”
The pirate snapped, “It was the day after I got me hook!”